AIB Munster GAA Football Senior Club Championship Quarter Final – Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 1-11 Castlehaven (Cork) 0-8

Looney just what Dr Crokes ordered

Dr Crokes 1-11 Castlehaven 0-8

Report by Cliona Foley for the Irish Independent newspaper

Munster Club SFC Quarter-Final

ALL the buzz before this classic Kerry-Cork clash was of the expected shoot-out between the rival gunslingers. With Colm Cooper and Brian Hurley – who had scored 3-47 during the retention of Castlehaven’s county title – pitting their shooting boots against each other, a thrilling early-round showdown was expected and attracted a big crowd to the Munster champions’ home ground in Killarney. But the Gooch didn’t even get on the scoreboard and Hurley only scored once in a game in which the filthy weather proved a great leveller and Crokes’ decisive goal was engineered by a man who has some previous history of breaking ‘Haven’s hearts.

The last time Daithi Casey did it a few years ago he was wearing the skull n’ crossbones of UCC; nowadays he is based in Dublin doing a post-grad in primary-school teaching in Marino. But yesterday he was his hometown hero after kicking the speculative lob into the square with 11 minutes left that sealed this victory. Teenager Gavin O’Shea (son of former county star Pat) put his body on the line to deflect it into the net at the back post, but Casey was given most of the credit even if he insisted he didn’t deserve it. “I was going for a point, luckily Gavin got a touch because had it fallen short I was going to be getting a bit of abuse from my team-mates!” he chuckled. “I think we were getting to grips with the game but it definitely came at the right time and gave us a big lift. Up to that point it was nip-and-tuck,” he said, admitting it was Crokes’ toughest game since bowing out to Ballymun in last season’s All-Ireland series.

Starting out on their bid for a provincial three in a row, Crokes never looked like losing this but they also never really showed the west Cork men a clean pair of heels either. The visitors, led by Hurley, Mark Collins and Damien Cahalane, had lost to them by seven points in last year’s provincial final. Castlehaven played with just three forwards; they gave Collins a roving role, and while he had a good tussle with Fionn Fitzgerald, playing him so far from goal was robbing Peter to pay Paul as their few forwards found themselves isolated too often and Hurley was largely neutered by the double-marking of Luke Quinn and Eoin Brosnan.

FRUSTRATED

But at the other end their packed defence frustrated Crokes for long periods and it was often only the smart diagonal passes and quick-thinking of Brian Looney and Alan O’Sullivan who were able to penetrate it. Local brows furrowed when Castlehaven led by a point after the first quarter, particularly as two of their opening three points were crackers from Hurley’s older brother Stephen, one of four siblings in their squad. Crokes responded as expected and, despite kicking seven wides, went in three points up at half-time (0-7 to 0-4).

But Kieran O’Leary, who’d already scored 0-2 from play, was lost to concussion during the break and Castlehaven’s Chris Hayes had already wasted a good goal chance after 28 minutes which he blasted over the bar. When the Gooch had a free off the wood-work and Stephen Hurley rattled over his third point quickly after the re-start to cut the lead, it was squeaky bum time for the defending champions. But Looney immediately responded with a great point and a ’45’ to restore a safe margin and Castlehaven never again got closer than three points, though they plugged away and upped the tempo of their counter-attacks. O’Shea’s goal sealed the deal and a place in the semi-finals against Tipperary’s new double-champions Loughmore-Castleiney.

While the Gooch didn’t make the scoreboard and missed a couple of frees he still contributed plenty, especially when moved out to centre-forward and the satisfaction for Vince Casey and their management was that others stepped up on the scoring front while he was busy elsewhere. “Castlehaven have improved an awful lot since last year but we feel we’ve improved too,” Casey said. “They came with a game plan and it frustrated us for a good while but that bit of experience and patience ultimately got us the result. “You could call the goal fortunate but it showed great awareness and bravery by Gavin and it was the turning point. “You can’t depend on one or two individuals. Luke Quinn did a great job on Brian Hurley, four of our forwards scored from play and Colm still had a big role to play and popped some great passes – we’ve always said this competition is all about the team effort.”

Scorers – Dr Crokes: B Looney 0-4 (2 ’45s’), G O’Shea 1-0, D Casey 0-3 (1f), A O’Sullivan, K O’Leary 0-2. Castlehaven: S Hurley 0-4, B Hurley, D Hurley, C Hayes, D Cahalane (’45’) 0-1 each.

Dr Crokes – D Moloney; L Quinn, K Ward, J Payne; E Brosnan, F Fitzgerald, S Myers; A O’Donovan (capt), J Buckley; AO’Sullivan, D Casey, B Looney; K O’Leary, C Cooper, C Brady. Subs: J Doolan for O’Leary (inj, h-t), G O’Shea for Brady (49), D O’Leary for Myers (53), S Doolan for Casey (58), M Moloney for Payne (59).

Castlehaven – P Hurley; L Collins, D Limrick, T O’Leary; JO’Regan, D Cahalane, C Hayes; S Dineen, D Hurley; R Whelton, S Hurley, M Collins; S Cahalane (Capt), B Hurley, S Nolan. D Hegarty for Nolan (h-t), M Hurley for Collins (48), S Hurley for Hayes (54).

Ref – R Hickey (Clare)

 

When – Sunday November 3rd at 2:15pm

Where – Dr. Crokes GAA Grounds Killarney

Referee – Rory Hickey (Clare)
Standby Referee – Maurice Condon (Waterford)
Linesman – Paul Foley (Waterford)
4th Official – Thomas Walsh (Waterford)
Umpires – Barry Keane, Pat McInerney, Mike Kelly and Sean Mahon (Clare)

Extra time – (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 60 minutes

Replay date – Saturday November 9th

Next Round – the winners play Loughmore-Castleiney (Tipperary) in the Munster Semi-Final on Sunday November 17th at 2:00pm in a Kerry or Cork venue

Admission Prices
Adults – €15
Student/OAP – €10
Under 16s are free

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

Dr. Crokes (Kerry) Castlehaven (Cork)
Number of Munster Club Senior Football titles

(Dr. Crokes
1990, 1991, 2006, 2011, 2012)

(Castlehaven
1989, 1994, 1997)

Last Munster Club
Senior Football Title
2012 1997
Number of Munster Club Senior Football titles
(by County)
15 27
Last Munster Club
Senior Football Title
(by County)
2012 

(Dr. Crokes)

2010 

(Nemo Rangers)

Munster Club Senior Football Championship Record since 2000 for each county’s representative Played – 25
Won – 16
Lost –  9
Drawn – 0
Played – 28
Won – 22
Lost –  7
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Club Senior Football Championship involving participating county representatives December 2nd 2012 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh
(Munster Club Final)
Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 0-19 Castlehaven (Cork) 0-12

 

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Club Senior Championship 2013

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday November 3rd

@ Fraher Field Dungarvan Ballinacourty (Waterford) v Drom-Broadford (Limerick) 2:00pm

 

@ Dr. Crokes Killarney       Dr. Crokes (Kerry) v Castlehaven (Cork) 2:15pm

Semi-Finals (Extra time)
Sunday November 17th

@ Clare or Limerick venue            Clare representatives v Ballinacourty (Waterford)

or Drom-Broadford (Limerick) 2:00pm
@ Kerry or Cork venue                   Loughmore-Castleiney (Tipperary) v

Dr. Crokes (Kerry) or Castlehaven (Cork) 2:00pm

Final (Extra time)

Sunday December 1st

 

Odds and Ends

Dr. Crokes (Kerry) are looking to win three Munster Club Senior Football titles in a row. The only club to achieve this feat in the past was Nemo Rangers (Cork) who captured three titles in a row from 2000 to 2002, winning the All-Ireland Club title following their 2002 Munster success.

Since 2000, Cork hold the best record in the Munster Club Championship with 22 victories and 6 Munster Club titles during that period.

Kerry’s record in the Munster Club Senior Football Championship sees them with 15 titles compared to 27 titles for Cork clubs. Since 2000, Kerry have captured 4 Munster club titles. During Kerry’s Golden Years at Inter-County level, Kerry won just 3 of the 12 Munster Club Senior Football titles on offer (Austin Stacks – 1976 & Castleisland Desmonds 1984 and 1985).

Since St. Patrick’s Day 1996, only 1 of the last 17 Munster Club Senior Football champions (6%) have won the All-Ireland Club Senior Football titles – Nemo Rangers in the 2002/2003 season. Prior to 1996, Munster Clubs captured 15 All-Ireland’s at this grade, an average of 60% dating back to 1971.

From 1964 to 1997, no club outside of Kerry or Cork won the Munster Club Senior Football title (Thomond College representing Limerick won the 1977 title). Since 1998, Kilmurry/Ibrickane (2), Doonbeg and Dromcollogher-Broadford have been successful in winning the Munster Club Senior Football titles.

Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (27) – 1966, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010

Kerry (15) – 1964, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1976, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2006, 2011, 2012

Clare (3) – 1998, 2004, 2009

Limerick (2) – 1977, 2008

Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL Senior Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1964  – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/sfclub_teams

Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL Senior Championship Finals – 2002 to 2012

2012 – Dr. Crokes, Kerry 0-19 Castlehaven, Cork 0-12

2011 – Dr. Crokes, Kerry 3-14 UCC, Cork 2-10

2010 – Nemo Rangers, Cork 1-15 Dr. Crokes, Kerry 1-13

2009 – Kilmurry-Ibrickane, Clare 0-7 Kerins O’Rahillys, Kerry 0-6

2008 – Dromcollogher-Broadford, Limerick 0-6 Kilmurry-Ibrickane, Clare 0-5

2007 – Nemo Rangers, Cork 1-10 Ballinacourty, Waterford 1-7

2006 – Dr. Crokes, Kerry 2-5 Nire, Waterford 0-8

2005 – Nemo Rangers, Cork 2-12 St. Senan’s Kilkee, Clare 1-6

2004 – Kilmurry Ibrickane, Clare 0-9 Stradbally, Waterford 0-9 (drawn game);
Kilmurry Ibrickane, Clare 0-9 Stradbally, Waterford 0-8 (replay)

2003 – An Ghaeltacht, Kerry 1-8 St. Senan’s Kilkee 1-6

2002 – Nemo Rangers, Cork 4-15 Monaleen, Limerick 0-6

All Ireland GAA Club FOOTBALL Senior Championship

In the Club Senior Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork top the charts with 11 titles followed by Kerry with 5. Limerick have 1 All-Ireland Club Football title courtesy of Thomond College in 1977/1978.


Munster Club Senior
FOOTBALL Cup

Club Championship Senior Football Cup – Michael O’Connor Cup

Presented by Munster Council in 1991 to commemorate late Chairman & Treasurer.

Munster Club Senior Camogie Championship Final – Milford (Cork) 0-14 Granagh/Ballingarry (Limerick) 0-4

O’Neill the star as Milford progress

By Fiona Casey for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Milford (Cork) 0-14 Granagh/Ballingarry (Limerick) 0-04

Ignore the scoreline. Milford didn’t get it all their own way in this contest. At half-time Milford led 0-6 to 0-2 with player of the match Marie O’Neill slotting over five points from play. Before the second-half, Ciarán Carey left his opponents on the pitch in the driving rain for almost five minutes, to raise his troops, but Milford drove on with the wind at their backs with points from Maria Watson, Aideen O’Flynn and Emer Watson to ensure the Thomais Mhic Dhonncha cup remains in the club for a second year in a row.

Meanwhile Newmarket-on-Fergus and Lismore must do it all again for the Intermediate title after a 2-10 apiece draw following extra time.

MILFORD: R Finn; K Galvin, M Walsh, L Healy; E O’Riordain (c), A Geary, A Watson; A Thompson, O O’Mahony; E Watson (0-2, 1f), D O’Reilly (0-2) S O’Flynn; M O’Neill (0-7), M Flanagan, M Watson (0-2). Sub: A O’Flynn (0-1)

GRANAGH/BALLINGARRY: C Enright; K Stapleton, L Kelly, E Hickey; E Grady, S Carey, F Hickey; V Sheehan (c), S Enright; E Costello (0-3f), A Sheehan, R Noonan; M Fitzgerald (0-1), T Mulcaire, M Lynch.

 

Munster Club Intermediate Camogie Championship Final – Newmarket on Fergus (Clare) 2-10 Lismore (Waterford) 2-10

Newmarket on Fergus (Clare) and Lismore (Waterford) finished level after extra time in the Munster Club Intermediate Camogie Championship Final on a scoreline of 2-10 to 2-10 on Saturday November 2nd at Lattin-Cullen GAA Club Tipperary.

NEWMARKET ON FERGUS: E Minogue; J O’Leary, L McMahon, A Keogh; A McInerney, R McMahon (c) (0-1f), A Griffin; R Kaiser (0-1), A O’Brien (0-5, 4f); D Cassidy (0-2), C O’Leary, C Kaiser (1-0); AM Hayes, J Kelly (1-1) N Kaiser.

LISMORE: A O’Brien; S Coughlan, S Prendergast, Sandra Prendergast; M Russell, S Kernan, S Geoghegan; A Houlihan, S Curran (0-2f); N Morrissey (0-2), R Geoghegan(1-0), S Walsh; A Hannon(0-4, 3f), C McGlone (1-3), J Houlihan.


AIB Munster GAA Hurling Intermediate Club Championship Semi Final – Whitegate (Clare) 0-18 Youghal (Cork) 0-18

Ring stays cool to keep Youghal alive

By Cian Tracey for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Whitegate 0-18 Youghal 0-18

Whitegate and Youghal will meet again as extra-time couldn’t separate the two sides in what was a titanic battle at Sixmilebridge. Damien Ring was Youghal’s hero when he struck a free over the bar two minutes into injury time in what was the last puck of regulation time. That sent the game into extra time but in remarkably similar fashion, Andrew Fahy’s free a minute into extra time’s added time levelled the game once again. Whitegate, who had won the Clare county final on the previous day, showed no signs of fatigue and started the game much brighter. George Waterstone put the Clare side in control early on with three frees before Ian Fahy’s spectacular sideline cut sailed straight between the posts.

Leigh Desmond put Youghal on the scoreboard after eight minutes but they went 10 minutes without scoring until Curtin scored a well-worked point before the break. It sparked something in them and three frees from Desmond as well as points from Alan Frahill O’Connor and Curtin gave Youghal an 0-8 to 0-4 half-time lead. Three early second-half points brought Whitegate back to within a single score but Curtin’s point kept Youghal ahead. Goalkeeper Andrew Fahy’s 21-yard free midway through the second half was saved but he was quickest to react and fired over the rebound. And when Waterstone hit his fourth free, the sides were level for the first time in the match. Colin Burke and Waterstone then scored two quick fire points as Whitegate opened up a two-point lead with a minute left on the clock. But Youghal showed tremendous character to bring the game into extra time after Brendan and Damien Ring both scored frees to level the score at 0-14 a piece.

To the credit of both sides, there was no let up in the blistering tempo and Brendan Ring brilliantly pointed from wide on the touchline before Whitegate thought they had levelled the game only for the referee to controversially overrule his umpire in deeming that Waterstone’s free went wide. The decision meant Youghal led 0-16 to 0-15 at half-time in extra-time. Whitegate brought Fahy outfield for the second period of extra-time and that was to prove to be an inspired move as he scored three crucial points to earn a replay. Youghal looked to have won it when Cooper and Brendan Ring scored two late points only for Fahy to be handed the opportunity to level the scores for the fifth and final time. And he duly obliged, sending the home support into raptures and the game into a replay.

Scorers for Whitegate: G Waterstone (0-7, 5fs), A Fahy (0-6, 4fs), I Fahy, C Burke (0-2 each), E Minogue (0-1).

Scorers for Youghal: L Desmond (4f), B Ring (3f) (0-5 each), A Curtin (0-3), B Cooper, D Ring (2f) (0-2 each), A Frahill O’Connor (0-1).

WHITEGATE: A Fahy; J Minogue, J Bugler, T McNamara; E Quirke, B Bugler (c), C Jones; R Cahill, P Minogue; N Hayes, G Waterstone, C Burke; P Burke, I Fahy, M O’Brien.

Subs: E Minogue for C Jones (27), P O’Rourke for N Hayes (41), T Kelly for M O’Brien (54), C Bleach for P Burke (58), E Durack for T McNamara (71).

YOUGHAL: R Cunningham; B O’Sullivan. B Ring, B Coleman; M Cronin, C Spillane, O Dempsey; L Desmond, D Ring; A Curtin, A Frahill O’Connor, B Cooper; J O’Mahony C O’Mahony, B Ring.

Subs: N Roche for C O’Mahony (40).

Referee: S Hourigan (Limerick)

Cork County Senior Hurling Championship Final – Midleton 2-15 Sarsfields 2-13

Lehane steals show as Magpies soar again

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Midleton 2-15 Sarsfields 2-13

It’s been 22 years since Midleton last were crowned Cork senior hurling champions, with a host of names that still resonate today — John Fenton, Denis Mulcahy, Pat Hartnett, Kevin Hennessy, Ger Fitzgerald, All-Ireland medalists all with both club and county. On the basis of yesterday’s performance in damp and dusky Pairc Ui Chaoimh there is surely at least one more name about to be added to that pantheon of greats — Conor Lehane.

Sarsfields came into this final as title-holders, champions in three of the last five years, a host of experienced tried-and-trusted warriors. They hit the ground running too, a point after just 10 seconds from super-accurate county midfielder Daniel Kearney, a goal from another Cork panellist, the giant Michael Cussen four minutes later, putting them 1-2 to 0-2 clear by the fifth minute. Even at this early stage, however, Lehane had already announced his presence, a fine catch, turn and lasered shot opening Midleton’s account in just the second minute. In the sixth minute he would embellish that point with his first green flag, his perfect positioning and searing pace seeing him race onto a breaking ball, giving Sars keeper Alan Kennedy no chance from close range.

Those scores though were only his intro. By the 20th minute the champions had again opened up a three-point lead, 1-7 to 1-4, courtesy of five points from placed balls (Cian McCarthy with four, wing-back Eanna Martin with a huge effort from inside his own half). But all on his own Lehane was keeping Midleton in touch, three points to go with his earlier 1-1. Now would come his second major and again it was down to good positioning, alone in front of keeper Kennedy to scoop home a long Paul Haughney centre, again tying the game.

He wasn’t done in this half, however, and (arguably) the best was yet to come. With Daniel Kearney again putting Sars in front, from his position on the left wing Lehane made a soaring catch of Tommy Wallace’s long puckout, made space for himself with a short dash to the middle before driving over from distance. A minute into injury-time he pointed a difficult ‘65 from wide on the right, then a minute later again possibly the score of the day, bringing down another huge Wallace puckout with a sublime bit of control then striking over the bar, all under the most severe pressure. Those points saw Midleton lead at the break, 2-7 to 1-8, but with 2-6 to his name it was already the Lehane Show.

In the gathering gloom and the heavier rain the second-half wasn’t as glittering as the first; the excitement though was increasing, the tension mounting as two well-prepared, well-coached, well-matched sides went toe-to-toe for the remaining 30 minutes. Time now for the respective defences to make their presence felt and though Aylwin Kearney had his hands full with Cussen, Patrick O’Mahony, Killian Burke, Seamus O’Farrell, Finbarr O’Mahony and the outstanding Jamie Nagle were winning their own individual battles for Midleton, while Haughney and Dowling were also going well in midfield. The Sars half-back trio of Craig Leahy and Wexford duo Eoin Quigley and Eanna Martin were also doing very well, which, combined with the deteriorating conditions, meant scores were now much harder to come by.

Come they did though, two points initially for Sars, per Cussen and McCarthy, tying the game in the 34th minute. Any suggestion that Midleton were about to capitulate was rapidly undone, two points from Lehane restoring their half-time lead, and a fine point from the hard-working O’Farrell extending it to three. Again Sarsfields came back, Cussen with a fine catch off a long Quigley clearance, the pass to the supporting McCarthy, ball drilled through the Midleton net to leave it at 2-10 each by the 40th min.

For the next 13 minutes it was tit-for-tat, point-for-point, Lehane, captain Padraig O’Shea and corner-forward Brian ‘Bud’ Hartnett for Midleton, McCarthy (two frees) and Daniel Kearney for Sars, leaving it still tied with just six minutes to go (2-13 apiece). This was it, make-or-break time in Páirc Uí Chaoimh; it was Midleton who made it, Lehane and O’Farrell with the winning points, Sars eventually broken down. “Boys became men today,” said captain O’Shea; “When you have players like Conor Lehane, Luke O’Farrell, Aidan Ryan, Finbarr O’Mahony at centre-back, Peter Dowling with all his experience in Kilkenny — these fellas all stood up.” That they did, but none stood out more than that man Lehane. What a performance, and what a win for the famed Magpies, puts them in the position now to do what those heroes of the 80s/90s did and go on to win Munster and the All-Ireland. Should they succeed, how many more will join that list of greats?

Scorers for Midleton: C Lehane 2-10 (two frees, one 65); L O’Farrell 0-3; B Hartnett and P O’Shea, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Sarsfields: C McCarthy 1-7 (six frees, one 65); M Cussen 1-1; D Kearney 0-3; G O’Loughlin, E Martin, 0-1 each.

MIDLETON: T Wallace; A Kearney, P O’Mahony, K Burke; S O’Farrell, F O’Mahony, J Nagle; P Haughney, P Dowling; P O’Shea (c), A Ryan, D Ryan; L O’Farrell, C Lehane, B Hartnett.

Subs: C Walsh for D Ryan (34).

SARSFIELDS: A Kennedy; R Ryan (c), J Barry, C O’Sullivan; G O’Kelly-Lynch, E Quigley, E Martin; D Kearney, E O’Sullivan; D Roche, C McCarthy, G O’Loughlin; K Murphy, R O’Driscoll, M Cussen.

Subs: C Leahy for O’Kelly-Lynch (inj. 22); T Óg Murphy for O’Driscoll (30). Blood: T Óg Murphy for Roche (15/17, 27/29); R Murphy for Roche (53/56).

Referee: C Lyons (Nemo Rangers)


Fixture Details

Cork County Senior Hurling Final

Midleton v Sarsfields

Sunday, November 3rd at 3pm in Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Preceded by

Cork County Intermediate Hurling Final

Éire Óg v Kanturk at 1.15pm.

 

Admission: €20 (covered stand), €18 (open stand), €10 (concs), U16s FREE!

Live Music and Half-time Mini-games

For more info, see www.gaacork.ie

 

Senior Hurling / Shinty International 2nd Test – Ireland 1-15 Scotland 0-14

Walsh hails Ireland’s display as brave Scots dismissed

By Cóilín Duffy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Ireland 1-15 Scotland 0-14

Ireland manager Michael Walsh paid tribute to the strength of his side’s defence as Ireland claimed Shinty-Hurling honours in testing conditions at Bught Park, Inverness on Saturday. Boosted by Kilkenny duo Jackie Tyrrell and Richie Hogan, the visitors held the hosts to just one point in the closing 30 minutes. Scotland led by 0-11 to 0-10 at half-time, with Kevin Bartlett scoring five two-pointers, and a Glen McKintosh point edging Drew McNeill’s charges ahead at the break. Ireland kept in touch thanks to the efforts of captain Neil McManus; Laois’s Cahir Healy; Kerry’s Darragh O’Connell and Gareth ‘Magic’ Johnson of Down.

Patrick ‘Bonnar’ Maher netted for Ireland eight minutes after the break and though Scotland drew level, five unanswered points provided a platform for Ireland. “I was delighted we again created that bit of space in the second half and ‘Bonnar’ Maher got in for a fantastic goal,” said Walsh. “I think that was the crucial score. All our players gave everything, our defence over the two days was magnificent.”

Earlier a quartet of second-half goals helped Ireland U21s to their eighth victory in a row, following a 4-9 to 2-4 win over Scotland. The sides were level at 0-4 apiece at the interval, but Ireland opened up on the restart. Galway’s Jason Flynn was impressive while Antrim’s Matthew Donnelly claiming Ireland’s first goal to open up a six-point lead. Scotland edged back with a Duncan MacRae goal, but goals from Antrim’s Stephen McAfee, Kerry’s Bryan Murphy and Offaly’s Stephen Quirke saw Ireland home.

Ireland scorers: N McManus 0-7; R Hogan 0-4; P Maher 1-0; G Johnson 0-2; D O’Connell, C Healy 0-1.

Scotland scorers: K Bartlett 0-12; G MacKintosh, C Cormack 0-1.

IRELAND: E Reilly, A Graffin, J Tyrrell, B Maher, D English, C Woods, D O’Connell, E Price, C Healy, P Divilly, G Johnson, P Maher, R Hogan, N McManus.

Interchange subs: D Cullen, J Kavanagh, K McKiernan, D McNicholas, N MacAuley.

SCOTLAND: Stuart MacDonald, N Campbell, D Irvine, J Barr, D Cameron, Steven MacDonald, J Hutchinson, S Nicolson, F MacRae, C Cormack, F MacKintosh, G MacKintosh, K Bartlett, L MacDonald.

Interchange subs: C Cruden, L Bain, K MacRae, J MacRae, S MacKintosh.

Referee: Dick Cameron

Tipperary County Senior Football Championship Final – Loughmore-Castleiney 3-10 Aherlow Gaels 0-9

Double delight for Loughmore

By Michael Dundon for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Loughmore-Castleiney 3-10 Aherlow Gaels 0-09

Loughmore-Castleiney made history at Semple Stadium yesterday when recording a comfortable 10-point win over Aherlow Gaels to become the first club in Tipperary to complete a county senior double. Loughmore-Castleiney had earlier won the hurling crown by defeating Éire Óg, Nenagh, and their ability to create goal chances and take them, was the difference between the sides as the champions claimed the trophy for the 13th time and first since 2004.

Former All-Ireland winning minor star John McGrath was the key man for the champions. He scored 1-9, his goal from a 50-metre second-half free putting paid to the Aherlow challenge. Aherlow had battled well in a competitive first half. Loughmore led at the interval 1-4 to 0-5 thanks to a well-taken goal by Tom King in the seventh minute when he linked up with Evan Sweeney and John McGrath before finishing with aplomb. After Aidan McGrath had extended Loughmore’s lead with a point in the 32nd minute, John McGrath struck a major blow for them three minutes later as his free from 50m went all the way to the Aherlow net to give his side a two-goal lead. John McGrath quickly added three points, and when Laurence Coskeran missed a great chance for Aherlow in the 45th minute, the game looked beyond Aherlow’s reach.

Evan Sweeney clinched the title for Loughmore-Castleiney in the 50th minute when, after good work by Cian Hennessy and John McGrath, he slotted home goal number three. Aherlow finished strongly with four points to Loughmore’s one, but they never threatened to overtake their rivals who were the most comfortable of winners at the end. While John McGrath’s scores were the key factor in Loughmore-Castleiney’s win, he also contributed handsomely through his work about the field. John Meagher was a towering figure at fullback, with Ciaran McGrath, Tom King, Evan Sweeney, and Noel McGrath also to the fore. Aherlow Gaels fadeout in the second half was a disappointment to their followers in the 1,746 attendance, as they sought to add to the titles won in 2006 and 2010. Dangerman Barry Grogan saw little of the ball but Seamus Grogan, Thomas Fahey, Thomas Hanley, Bernard O’Brien, Ed O’Meara, and Mark Hanley, all worked very hard to turn the tide.

LOUGHMORE-CASTLEINEY: D Brennan; T Long, J Meagher, L Egan; T King (1-0), C McGrath, J Ryan; N McGrath, J McGrath (1-9, 1-8fs); D Kennedy, A McGrath(0-1), C Hennessy; L McGrath, M Webster, E Sweeney (1-0); Subs: D Bourke for Webster; W Eviston for Kennedy; T McGrath for A McGrath; S Hennessy for C Hennessy;

AHERLOW GAELS: S Leonard; M O Brien, S Russell, E O Meara; M Hanley (0-1), J Hennessy, S Mullins; S Grogan (0-1), T Fahey (0-2); T Hanley (0-2), B Grogan, L Coskeran; S Cunningham, C Dillon, B O Brien (0-3, 1f); Subs: M Russell for Dillon; B Hanley for Mullins; A Leahy for Coskeran; S Kiely for Cunningham; T O Donnell for S Russell.

Referee: D O Mahoney, Ardfinnan

Three other county championships were decided at the weekend. Moycarkey-Borris defeated Knockavilla Kickhams in the junior A hurling final 2-15 to 2-13; Drom-Inch won the junior A football crown beating Shannon Rovers, while Clonmel Commercials won the minor A football defeating Drom-Inch.

 

McGrath points way to historic double for Loughmore

Loughmore-Castleiney 3-10 Aherlow Gaels 0-9

Report by Shane Brophy for the Irish Independent newspaper

Tipperary SFC Final

Captain Derek Bourke admitted afterwards that it was impossible to avoid the prospect of the double in the build-up to the game. “It was very hard not to think of it. Before the game it was on our mind and I thought it wouldn’t be; that it was going to be just another football game, a county final, and we are over the moon to be the first club in Tipperary to achieve it,” he said.

Manager Declan Laffan paid tribute to his group of players, the majority of whom had been in action for the seventh consecutive weekend, between both codes. “Hats off to the players, they are an unbelievable set of players. You give out about them when things don’t go right, and they didn’t go right for us in the Mid championship, but we got back to the field, regrouped – Eddie Connolly’s illness really galvanised us as a unit and we really drove on from there. “It was an extra force behind us but if you don’t have the players, it doesn’t matter what everybody else does and we are lucky that we have a bunch of players that are willing to die on their feet for that jersey.”

Two John McGrath frees had Loughmore off to a swift start and after Mark Hanley’s fine response for Aherlow, the Mid Tipp side struck for the only goal of the first half in the seventh minute as Evan Sweeney’s superbly weighted pass found raiding wing-back Tom King striding forward and he finished well inside the near post. While Loughmore had their noses in front, they were doing so through McGrath’s frees with the goal the only score they managed from play in the half. Despite having plenty of promising attacks, they always seemed to take one pass too many. Aherlow scored all bar one of their five first-half points from play, with Thomas Hanley, Thomas Fahey and Bernard O’Brien to the fore.

Leading 1-4 to 0-5 at the break, Loughmore took control early in the second half with an Aidan McGrath point being followed by John McGrath’s goal as Aherlow ‘keeper Shane Leonard and defender Sean Mullins failed to deal with the dipping 45-metre delivery which went all the way to the net. Forced to take extra risks to get back into the game, Aherlow left themselves exposed at the back, with Loughmore’s penetrating runs yielding frees which McGrath converted. The midfielder was also involved in the move for Evan Sweeney’s goal in the 50th minute. Aherlow did manage four points in the final 10 minutes as they played with great spirit but the fact that star man Barry Grogan was kept scoreless by man of the match John Meagher ensured Loughmore’s place in Tipperary GAA history.

Scorers – Loughmore-Castleiney: J McGrath 1-9 (1-7fs, 1 ’45’), E Sweeney, T King 1-0 each, A McGrath 0-1. Aherlow: B O’Brien 0-3 (1f), T Fahey, T Hanley 0-2 each, S Grogan, M Hanley 0-1 each.

Loughmore-Castleiney – D Brennan; T Long, J Meagher, L Egan; T King, C McGrath, J Ryan; N McGrath, J McGrath; D Kennedy, A McGrath, L McGrath; C Hennessy; M Webster, E Sweeney. Subs: D Bourke for Webster (22), W Eviston for Kennedy (52), T McGrath for A McGrath (56), S Hennessy for C Hennessy (59).

Aherlow Gaels – S Leonard; S Russell, J Hennessy, E O’Meara; M Hanley, M O’Brien, S Mullins; S Grogan, T Fahey; T Hanley, B Grogan, L Coskeran; S Cunningham, C Dillon, B O’Brien. Subs: M Russell for Dillon (16 inj), B Hanley for Mullins (38), S Kiely for Cunningham (48), A Leahy for Coskeran (48), T O’Donoghue for S Russell (58).

Ref – D O’Mahoney (Ardfinnan)

AIB Munster GAA Football Intermediate Club Championship Quarter Final – De La Salle (Waterford) 4-6 Ballyporeen (Tipperary) 2-12

Battling Ballyporeen earn replay

By Conor Kane for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Ballyporeen (Tipperary) 2-12 De La Salle (Waterford) 4-06 (aet)

Not even extra-time could split these teams and both Ballyporeen and De La Salle went home thinking they had the winning of this Munster Club IFC quarter-final in Clonmel. An amazing second-half had Ballyporeen nine down with 19 to play, yet they led by one in the closing minutes after a comeback inspired by captain Conor Sweeney which saw them score 1-7 without answer. After being in a seemingly-unassailable position, it was De La Salle who needed a late Oran Keevers equaliser to send the game into extra-time. Two first-half goals by Jake Dillon, following their opener by Mitchell Casey, and then a fourth goal in the second-half from Ian Cantwell when he kept the ball on the ground left them well ahead. But Ballyporeen kept plugging away and Tommy Sweeney bagged their second goal — the first by Conor Sweeney in the opening half — to keep them in the hunt. Extra-time proved anti-climactic as legs grew tired and the evening grew dull, and the teams have to do it all once more.

Scorers for Ballyporeen: C Sweeney (1-8, 4fs), T Sweeney (1-0), J O’Callaghan (0-2), F O’Sullivan, D Barrett (0-1 each).

Scorers for De La Salle: J Dillon (2-0), I Cantwell (1-3, 3f), M Casey (1-0), E Barrett, O Keevers, S Walsh (0-1 each).

BALLYPOREEN: M Sweeney; S O’Callaghan, D Russell, B Breedy; E Morrissey, W English, R O’Callaghan; J O’Callaghan, J Martin; P Fitzgerald, C Sweeney, D Lyons; S Lynch, T Sweeney, F O’Sullivan.

Subs: E Kearney for E Morrissey, A Crotty for D Russell, D Barrett for F O’Sullivan, N Barrett for S Lynch, D Hyland for P Fitzgerald.

DE LA SALLE: D Dennison; S Dalton, C Clancy, C Sheehan; O Keevers, T Kearney, D Kennedy; J Kennedy, E Barrett; I Cantwell, M Casey, K Byrne; C Morris, L Hayes, P Kennedy.

Subs: J Dillon for P Kennedy, S Walsh for K Byrne, A Farrell for M Casey, D Twomey for L Hayes.

Ref: Richard Moloney (Limerick)

 

When – Sunday November 3rd at 2:00pm

Where – Clonmel Sportsfield

Referee – Richard Moloney (Limerick)

Extra time
– (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 60 minutes

Replay date – Saturday November 9th at a Waterford venue

Next Round – the winners will play Clyda Rovers (Cork) in the Munster Semi-Final on Sunday November 10th at a Tipperary or Waterford venue.

Admission Prices
Adults – €10
Student/OAP – €5
Under 16s free

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

Ballyporeen (Tipperary) De La Salle (Waterford)
Number of Munster Club Intermediate Football titles
(by County)
0 0
Last Munster Intermediate Football Title (by County) N/A N/A
Munster Club Intermediate Football Championship Record since 2000 for each county’s representative Played – 14
Won – 4
Lost –  10
Drawn – 0
Played – 11
Won – 3
Lost –  8
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Club Intermediate Football Championship involving participating county representatives November 20th 2011 at Fraher Field Dungarvan
(Munster Club Semi-Final)
Mullinahone (Tipperary) 0-14 Dungarvan (Waterford) 1-3

 

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Club Intermediate Championship 2013

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)
Sunday November 3rd

@ Clonmel Sportsfield                    Ballyporeen (Tipperary) v De La Salle (Waterford) 2:00pm

@ Askeaton              St. Mary’s Sean Finns (Limerick)

v St. Joseph’s Milltown Malbay (Clare) 2:00pm


Semi-Finals
(Extra time)
Sunday November 10th

@ Tipperary or Waterford venue   Clyda Rovers (Cork) v

Ballyporeen (Tipperary) De La Salle (Waterford) 2:00pm

@ Limerick or Clare venue Currow (Kerry) v St. Mary’s Sean Finns (Limerick)

or St. Joseph’s Milltown Malbay (Clare) 2:00pm

Final (Extra time)

Sunday November 24th

Odds and Ends

Since the competition began in 2003, Kerry clubs have won 7 of the 10 Munster titles on offer, including the last 7 in a row. Cork clubs have won the other 3 Munster titles in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Kerry’s Club Intermediate Football champions have won their last 17 matches in this competition.


Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL Intermediate Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (7) – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Cork (3) – 2003, 2004, 2005

All Ireland GAA Club FOOTBALL Intermediate Championship

In the Club Intermediate Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry clubs have secured 3 titles courtesy of Ardfert (Kerry – 2006/2007), St. Michael’s Foilmore (Kerry – 2008/2009) and Milltown-Castlemaine (Kerry – 2011/2012). Cork clubs have won 2 All-Ireland titles at this grade – Ilen Rovers (Cork – 2003/2004) and Carbery Rangers (Cork – 2004/2005).

AIB Munster GAA Football Senior Club Championship Quarter Final – Ballinacourty (Waterford) 2-7 Dromcollogher-Broadford (Limerick) 0-11

Courty hold off late charge

By Tomás McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Ballinacourty 2-7 Dromcollogher-Broadford 0-11

In a fragmented contest high on endeavour, Ballinacourty withstood severe second-half pressure from Drom-Broadford to squirm through to the final four of the Munster race. Two first-half sniffer goals from Jason O’Brien and Mark Ferncombe left them five in front but the visitors patiently chiselled away and closed to within a single point entering the final five minutes. Courty went 19 minutes without a score in the second period but won primary ball when Broadford turned up the temperature. They claimed two consecutive kickouts which resulted in Gary Hurney and Michael O’Halloran nailing the clinching points.

“It was a tough day, Broadford are a good team and there was heavy ground,” defender Richie Foley observed. “It was a typical Munster championship game and that was a game where we dug deep and we are very happy.” He highlighted their hunger at the finish to stem the tide. “Patrick and Gary Hurney stood up at the end and caught two absolutely vital balls when there was only a point in it. To win those balls on such a bad day, they are so crucial to win those dirty balls. We done it when it mattered at the end.”

Referee Conor Lane whistled for 44 frees in a stop-start game where players worked themselves to a standstill. The first half was a slow burner. Derry McCarthy and Shane Briggs exchanged early points before Ray Lynch nabbed the lead on eight minutes after a delicate flick from Michael Reidy sent him away. Courty shot five first half wides with Broadford narrowly trailing on four.

A feast arrived after the famine. Michael O’Halloran sent over a 45 to end the drought on 21 minutes and he followed up immediately with a close-range free. Derry McCarthy then equalised with a quality curling effort. On 25 minutes, Shane Briggs floated a pass across to Mark Ferncombe and even though his point attempt fell short, Jason O’Brien pounced to find the net. Danger man Derry McCarthy fired a fantastic third from the right flank and this prompted Courty to move Richie Foley across to watch him. Courty snuck a second goal two minutes before the break when Patrick Hurney’s delivery was punched home by the lurking Mark Ferncombe. Killian Phair got one back for Broadford to leave Courty with a 2-3 to 0-5 half-time cushion.

Captain Mark Fives recovered Courty’s five-point lead inside 20 seconds of the restart. They started conceding frees at an alarming rate, however, and Broadford reeled off three-in-a-row through Reidy, McCarthy and a fisted Phair effort. Shane Briggs burst forward for a rallying point to ease the Waterford winners three to the good (2-5 to 0-8) after 40 minutes. Ballinacourty made life difficult for themselves as the free count swelled (16 conceded in the second half) and they kicked three wides. Bizarrely, Broadford withdrew Derry McCarthy, much to the disbelief of the player in question. Phair now became the focal point of their attack and he whittled the lead down to two.

The other corner man, Ray Lynch, left the slenderest of margins between them (2-5 to 0-10) on 54 minutes. Courty steadied. Richie Foley, Patrick Hurney and Gary Hurney grabbed a hold of the middle and they poured forward. Michael O’Halloran missed a sitter of a free but they completed the job. With one minute left, Gary Hurney calmly slotted their first white flag in 19 minutes and almost immediately, O’Halloran also obliged. Phair’s injury-time free couldn’t stall Courty’ s progress to a meeting with the Clare champions in a fortnight.

Scorers for Ballinacourty: M Ferncombe, J O’Brien 1-0 each; M O’Halloran 0-3 (1f, 1 45’); S Briggs 0-2; M Fives, G Hurney 0-1 each.

Scorers for Dromcollogher-Broadford: D McCarthy, K Phair (1f) 0-4 each; R Lynch 0-2; M Reidy 0-1.

BALLINACOURTY: S Enright; B Looby, S Briggs, D Collins; R Foley, S O’Hare, C Moloney; J O’Mahoney, G Hurney; M Ferncombe, M Fives, M Gorman; M O’Halloran, J O’Brien, P Hurney.

Subs: J Power for Gorman (48); S Donovan for O’Brien (48); G Breen for Collins (56).

DROMCOLLOGHER-BROADFORD: K Noonan; E Barry, D O’Leary, C Fahy; G Noonan, B Noonan, G Egan; S Buckley, M O’Sullivan; M Brosnan, P Donnelly, D McCarthy; R Lynch, M Reidy, K Phair.

Subs: J Stokes for O’Sullivan (h-t); S Brosnan for M Brosnan (h-t); G Greaney for K Noonan (41); P Madigan for McCarthy (48); M Boyce for G Noonan (54).

Referee: C Lane (Cork)

 

When – Sunday November 3rd at 2:00pm

Where – Fraher Field Dungarvan

Referee – Conor Lane (Cork)
Standby Referee – James Bermingham (Cork)
Linesman – Joe Larkin (Cork)
4th Official – Mark Lynch (Cork)
Umpires – John Joe Lane, Joe Fleming, D J O’Sullivan and Pat Kelly (Cork)

Extra time – (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 60 minutes

Replay date – Saturday November 9th at a Limerick venue

Next Round – the winners play the Clare champions in the Munster Semi-Final at a Clare or Limerick venue

Admission Prices
Adults – €15
Student/OAP – €10
Under 16s are free

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

Ballinacourty (Waterford) Dromcollogher-Broadford (Limerick)
Number of Munster Club Senior Football titles 0

(Dromcollogher-Broadford
2008)

Last Munster Club
Senior Football Title
N/A 2008
Number of Munster Club Senior Football titles
(by County)
0 2
Last Munster Club
Senior Football Title
(by County)
N/A 2008 

(Dromcollogher-Broadford)

Munster Club Senior Football Championship Record since 2000 for each county’s representative Played – 18
Won – 5
Lost –  11
Drawn – 2
Played – 18
Won – 5
Lost –  12
Drawn – 1
Last meeting in the Munster Club Senior Football Championship involving participating county representatives November 9th 2002 at Fraher Field Dungarvan
(Munster Club Quarter-Final)
Monaleen (Limerick) 1-12 Stradbally (Waterford) 2-6

 

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Club Senior Championship 2013

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday November 3rd

@ Fraher Field Dungarvan Ballinacourty (Waterford) v Drom-Broadford (Limerick) 2:00pm

 

@ Dr. Crokes Killarney       Dr. Crokes (Kerry) v Castlehaven (Cork) 2:15pm

Semi-Finals (Extra time)
Sunday November 17th

@ Clare or Limerick venue            Clare representatives v Ballinacourty (Waterford)

or Drom-Broadford (Limerick) 2:00pm
@ Kerry or Cork venue                   Loughmore-Castleiney (Tipperary) v

Dr. Crokes (Kerry) or Castlehaven (Cork) 2:00pm

Final (Extra time)

Sunday December 1st

 

Odds and Ends

Limerick’s Dromcollogher-Broadford defeated Nemo Rangers and Kilmurry/Ibrickane to win the 2008 Munster Club Senior Football title. Those 2 victories are the only wins for the Limerick Senior Football champions in this competition dating back to 2003, a period of 10 matches which include 9 defeats and 1 drawn game.

Ballinacourty of Waterford reached the 2007 Munster Club Football Final, losing out narrowly to Nemo Rangers (Cork) in the final at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney on a scoreline of 1-10 to 1-7.

From 1964 to 1997, no club outside of Kerry or Cork won the Munster Club Senior Football title (Thomond College representing Limerick won the 1977 title). Since 1998, Kilmurry/Ibrickane (2), Doonbeg and Dromcollogher-Broadford have been successful in winning the Munster Club Senior Football titles.

Dr. Crokes (Kerry) are looking to win three Munster Club Senior Football titles in a row. The only club to achieve this feat in the past was Nemo Rangers (Cork) who captured three titles in a row from 2000 to 2002, winning the All-Ireland Club title following their 2002 Munster success.

Since 2000, Cork hold the best record in the Munster Club Championship with 22 victories and 6 Munster Club titles during that period.

Since St. Patrick’s Day 1996, only 1 of the last 17 Munster Club Senior Football champions (6%) have won the All-Ireland Club Senior Football titles – Nemo Rangers in the 2002/2003 season. Prior to 1996, Munster Clubs captured 15 All-Ireland’s at this grade, an average of 60% dating back to 1971.

Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (27) – 1966, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010

Kerry (15) – 1964, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1976, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2006, 2011, 2012

Clare (3) – 1998, 2004, 2009

Limerick (2) – 1977, 2008

Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL Senior Championship Finals – 2002 to 2012

2012 – Dr. Crokes, Kerry 0-19 Castlehaven, Cork 0-12

2011 – Dr. Crokes, Kerry 3-14 UCC, Cork 2-10

2010 – Nemo Rangers, Cork 1-15 Dr. Crokes, Kerry 1-13

2009 – Kilmurry-Ibrickane, Clare 0-7 Kerins O’Rahillys, Kerry 0-6

2008 – Dromcollogher-Broadford, Limerick 0-6 Kilmurry-Ibrickane, Clare 0-5

2007 – Nemo Rangers, Cork 1-10 Ballinacourty, Waterford 1-7

2006 – Dr. Crokes, Kerry 2-5 Nire, Waterford 0-8

2005 – Nemo Rangers, Cork 2-12 St. Senan’s Kilkee, Clare 1-6

2004 – Kilmurry Ibrickane, Clare 0-9 Stradbally, Waterford 0-9 (drawn game);
Kilmurry Ibrickane, Clare 0-9 Stradbally, Waterford 0-8 (replay)

2003 – An Ghaeltacht, Kerry 1-8 St. Senan’s Kilkee 1-6

2002 – Nemo Rangers, Cork 4-15 Monaleen, Limerick 0-6

Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL Senior Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1964  – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/sfclub_teams

All Ireland GAA Club FOOTBALL Senior Championship

In the Club Senior Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork top the charts with 11 titles followed by Kerry with 5. Limerick have 1 All-Ireland Club Football title courtesy of Thomond College in 1977/1978.


Munster Club Senior
FOOTBALL Cup

Club Championship Senior Football Cup – Michael O’Connor Cup

Presented by Munster Council in 1991 to commemorate late Chairman & Treasurer.

AIB Munster GAA Hurling Intermediate Club Championship Semi Final – Ballina (Tipperary) 3-19 St Brendan’s (Kerry) 0-15

Ardfert fall to Ballina blitz

By James Hayden for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Ballina (Tipperary) 3-19 St Brendan’s Ardfert (Kerry) 0-15

Tipperary champions Ballina proved too strong for a lacklustre St Brendan’s, Ardfert following a one-sided Munster Club IHC semi-final at a chilly MacDonagh Park, Nenagh yesterday. A blistering opening-half performance laid the foundations for Ballina’s 13-point victory and despite the Kerry champions hanging on to their coattails in the opening quarter, they still led by double scores, 0-8 to 0-4, with 20 minutes elapsed. Further unanswered points from impressive wing-forward Stephen Stritch, coupled with a Michael Breen free, stretched Ballina’s advantage to seven before two goals late in the half from corner-forward, TJ O’Connell and centre-forward, Michael Breen ensured they took a commanding 2-13 to 0-6 lead to the dressing room.

Credit to the injury-hit Brendan’s side, they battled hard in the second half with their defence tightening up considerably and the impressive Darren Dineen picking off a couple of nice points from play. Their dependency on the free-taking abilities of corner-forward John Egan kept them barely within striking distance, but Ballina’s teak tough defence, marshalled by full-back, Pat Cosgrave and centre-back, Thomas Collins, proved far too difficult for the Kerry side to break down. Despite Ballina taking their foot off the gas in the closing stages, they still proved more than a match for their outclassed opponents with a second Michael Breen goal right on the stroke of full-time rounding off a comprehensive victory for the Tipp side.

Scorers for Ballina: M. Breen 2-7 (0-6f); S. Stritch 0-4; TJ O’Connell 1-0; E. Sheehy, G. O’Brien and S. O’Brien 0-2 each; D. Hickey and D. Kent 0-1 each.

St. Brendan’s scorers: J. Egan 0-9f; D. Dineen 0-3 (0-1f); T. Moloney, K. Fitzgerald and D. Griffin 0-1 each.

BALLINA: M. McKeogh; R. Kennedy , P. Cosgrove, B. McKeogh; K. Cosgrove, T. Collins, D.Kent; G. O’Brien, S. O’Brien, S. Stritch, M. Breen, S. McKeogh; TJ O’Connell, B. Stritch, D. Hickey.

Subs: E. Sheehy for B. Stritch (h/t); C. Maguire for O’Connell (44); F. Collins for T. Collins (54); P Ryan for S. O’Brien (57).

ST. BRENDAN’S, ARDFERT: T. Hannafin; F. Horgan, C. Flaherty, K. Orpen; K. Hannafin, E. Corridan (C), R. Horgan; D. Dineen, D. Moriarty; D. Wallace, O. McCarthy, D. Griffin; C. Hussey, T. Moloney, J. L.l. Egan.

Subs: K. Fitzgerald for Wallace (28); A. Dineen for Hussey (inj h/t); J. Galvin for (Moriarty (h/t); N. O’Sullivan for McCarthy (54); JP Leen for Moloney (54).

Referee: M. Wadding (Waterford)

 

When – Sunday November 3rd at 2:00pm

Where – MacDonagh Park Nenagh

Referee – Michael Wadding (Waterford)

Extra time
– (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 60 minutes

Replay date – Saturday November 9th at a Kerry venue

Next Round – the winners qualify for the Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Final on Sunday November 17th at 2:00pm.

Admission Prices
Adults – €10
Student/OAP – €5
All Under 16s free

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

St Brendan’s (Kerry) Ballina (Tipperary)
Number of Munster Club Intermediate Hurling titles
(by County)
0 2
Last Munster Intermediate Hurling Title (by County) N/A 2012
Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Record since 2000 for each county’s representative Played – 9
Won – 3
Lost –  6
Drawn – 0
Played – 19
Won – 11
Lost –  8
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship involving participating county representatives November 24th 2012 at Semple Stadium Thurles
(Munster Club Final)
Silvermines (Tipperary) 0-14 Ballyduff (Kerry) 0-8 – Silvermines recovered from a three point interval deficit to capture the Munster Club title by six points helped by top scorer Jason Forde with seven points (0-3 from play, 0-3 frees, 0-1 sideline cut)

Munster GAA HURLING Club Intermediate Championship 2013

Quarter-Finals

Sunday October 27th

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                               Youghal (Cork) 4-13 Ardmore (Waterford) 1-12

@ Bruff                      Ballina (Tipperary) 1-12 Dromin-Athlacca (Limerick) 0-14


Semi-Finals (Extra time)
Sunday November 3rd (Replay date – Saturday November 9th)

 

@ Sixmilebridge                               Feakle or Whitegate v Youghal (Cork) 2:00pm

@ MacDonagh Park Nenagh St. Brendan’s (Kerry) v Ballina (Tipperary) 2:00pm

Final (Extra time)

Sunday November 17th (Replay date – Saturday November 23rd)


2:00pm throw-in

Odds and Ends

Silvermines (Tipperary) defeated Ballina in the 2012 Tipperary Intermediate Hurling Final before going on to defeat Ruan (Clare), An Rinn (Waterford) and Ballyduff (Kerry) to win the Munster title.

Kerry clubs have won their first match in this competition in each of the last two seasons courtesy of Ballyduff. No other Kerry club has recorded a victory in the Munster Club Intermediate Hurling competition since it began in 2003.

Since the competition began in 2003, Cork clubs have won 4 of the 9 Munster titles on offer, the last one in 2010 when Ballymartle were successful. Clare and Tipperary are the only other counties with a winning record in this competition.

Munster GAA Club HURLING Intermediate Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (4) – 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010

Clare (2) – 2006, 2007

Tipperary (2) – 2004, 2012

Limerick (2) – 2009, 2011

Munster GAA Club HURLING Intermediate Championship
List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/ihclub_teams/

All Ireland GAA Club HURLING Intermediate Championship

In the Club Intermediate Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork have secured 2 titles courtesy of Blarney